55mph Winds In Essex As Storm Imogen Hits

8 February 2016, 06:45 | Updated: 8 February 2016, 06:48

Storm Imogen Essex

The Met Office is warning winds of more than 50mph will hit Essex today as Storm Imogen moves into the UK.

It has put a 'Yellow' weather warning for strong winds in place for the county, meaning 'Be Aware'.

The strongest gusts are expected to hit Essex at around lunchtime and coastal areas, like Clacton and Southend, are expected to be worst hit with gusts of around 55mph.

The Met Office said: "Please be aware of the potential for disruption to travel as well as possible damage to trees and structures and interruption of power supplies".

Stuart Thompson from Highways England said: "We're urging drivers to know what the driving conditions are before they leave on journeys.

"In particular that they give attention to exposed areas, that's coastal areas, high lying areas and some of the bridges.

"If drivers do have to make a journey I do think it's very important they have a kit in the car.

"Some food, some water, if they've got kids in the car something for the kids to do.

"Be prepared, plan your journey before you walk out the door".

Some parts of the UK have already been hit by winds of more than 100mph, and it has caused some travel disruption with ferries across the Channel and some train services affected.